Transport of Perishable Foodstuffs

The work of UNECE on the transport of perishable foodstuffs goes back to 1948 when, with the food shortages after the Second World War, it was decided to set up a Working Party to look into the nature and extent of international traffic in perishable foodstuffs, to ascertain operating difficulties and to study transport requirements for subsequent years. More...


28 May 2018
Competent authorities and Test Stations page updated to include several updates received by the UNECE secretariat.

16 May 2018
Depositary notification C.N.244.2018.TREATIES-XI.B.22 has been issued notifying the acceptance of amendments to the ATP.

14 May 2018
Depositary notification C.N.240.2018.TREATIES-XI.B.22 has been issued notifying corrections to Annex 1 of ATP.

20 February 2018

Depositary notification C.N.70.2018.TREATIES-XI.B.22 has been issued notifying  proposed corrections to Annex 1 of ATP.

18 July 2017
Depositary notification C.N.401.2017.TREATIES-XI.B.22 has been issued notifying the acceptance of amendments to the ATP.

22 May 2017
Depositary notification C.N.267.2017.TREATIES-XI.B.22 has been issued notifying a correction to Annex 1 of ATP.

15 May 2017

Competent authorities and Test Stations page updated to include San Marino's information.

30 March 2017
Depositary notification
C.N.159.2017.TREATIES-XI.B.22, a communication has been received from Germany stating that although it intends to accept the proposals communicated by C.N.58.2017.TREATIES-XI.B.22, the conditions for such acceptance have not yet been fulfilled.

Last depositary notifications concerning the ATP


Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Special Equipment to be Used for Such Carriage (ATP)

The ATP establishes harmonized and improved technical conditions for the preservation of the quality of perishable foodstuffs during their carriage. These conditions concern mainly the temperature to be observed during the carriage and the equipment used for the carriage. The ATP establishes the appropriate temperatures under which the various types of perishable foodstuffs should be carried. It also lays down the requirements for the equipment, including its refrigerating capacity, insulating capacity and efficiency of thermal appliances as well as the methods and procedures for measuring and checking them.